Topsail Island is not for everyone. It is a quieter beach that has kept its non commercial appeal.
If you can not self enjoy without the kiddie rides and tourist traps or constant stimulants of produced events-this is one of the last places to find a simple life without distraction. Perfect for families who want to rent a beach home-perhaps cook many of their own healthy meals (3 good grocery stores close) and a decent amount of restaurants to please everyone. I read the other reviews and im not sure why they complain about restaurants-there are no commercial chains except for fast food-but you have a NY deli, NY Pizza,Fish-calabash style or healthier versions-
wonderful steak restaurants-family fare etc. several Italian and Mexican and Chinese and one Thai restaurant. Make sure you look them up before arrival so you know where they are located!
Dont forget Sneads Ferry is just a few miles down the road off the Island and there are some great restaurants worthy of the drive. It is Mayberry by the sea-it is not South beach-Florida.
People have real bodies here and real life that is more about relaxing with the perfect beach book or playing in the water. Time to walk down the beach and reflect and unwind. Some people may call the homes shacks and that may be true but they are the shacks of childhood vacations of simpler times. If you want a cookie cutter brand new style home there are plenty of those as more homes are torn down yearly. If you prefer a beach home of your childhood enjoy what is disapearing from our heritage every day and a chance to spend a moment in a simpler time of beach vintage. You have the choice and one day you will not. Some appreciate the
craftsman ship-many do not. All that glitters is not gold and people who do not understand or appreciate a place such as nantucket where they value and work hard to keep the beauty of age
past but are more jewlery and fake images - this place is just real! I cant believe everyone cant find a home here that would appeal to them-there are the huge new homes with all the bells and whistles but still not commercial-for those bring your nanny-and let the kids be kids. If you want
fancy with the room service and dressed to the max busy life of activities you will not be happy here. Respect the nature-stay off the dunes,dont play with the turtle nest,or leave your trash-
and help keep this beach what you do not find in other areas. Simple beauty and a respect for nature as it is. Thats what appeals to this family. We live here and enjoy the life of simple
and serene for as long as it last and it is fleeting.